Dinesh, as part of Janastu and Servelots groups, has been
exploring tech engagements for "Indian/South needs" through a rural
research lab (iruway.janastu.org)
set up near Bangalore. Research activities have been generally oriented
towards Web content accessibility issues for the low-literate users.
Decentralized local mesh networks, indigenous archives, and Web
Annotation tools frame the context of activity.
A community radio
on the mesh using Raspberry Pi based media repositories as nodes,
captive portals and storytelling activities help realization of
renarration activities in a scenario with a large diversity of literacy.
See j.mp/janastu-mesh and see j.mp/myhill - Anthillhacks, an inclusive event similar to dwebcamp.
returned to Bangalore from Palo Alto about 20 years ago for developing
“Pantoto Communities - community owned community knowledge” software
that helped non tech-savvy domain experts at small organisations do
knowledge management without depending on high-cost tech resources.
After meeting a number of people and organizations working on a wide
range of societal issues, Janastu and Servelots became an R&D body
for these groups. While the Pantoto idea is still active in spirit, its
now being imagined as decentralised archives with Web Annotations tools
to help link data, renarrate content for low literates, and to enable
mesh-based participatory services.
Anthill is a metaphor for the world of structure and complexity that exists just beneath the surface of everything around us.
groups of people from different domains living together for a period of
time... the location itself brings about an intermingling of
thought-systems that would not have interacted otherwise. This inspires
collaborations giving birth to eye-opening new productions and curation
of existing narratives and annotations of real world objects at the
A deployment of a decentralized annotated WiFi-mesh
with servers and services help annotate the anthill. Such an annotated
anthill is inclusive and navigable by all. Anthillhacks is a week long
event near Bangalore, India that explores content creation and
dissemination for all participants - from techies to low-literate
What will You learn? The talk
brings relevance of a number of technologies to a context where there is
a huge diversity of literacy and explores inclusive approaches of
content creation during and after the event. We hope this talk provides a
peek of the issues on the other side of world.